The Counting Downers The stunningly poignant and life affirming debut novel by A J Compton Imagine if we could see how long everyone around us had left to live But we weren t allowed to know our own numbers Trying to make

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  • The stunningly poignant and life affirming debut novel by A.J Compton Imagine if we could see how long everyone around us had left to live But we weren t allowed to know our own numbers Trying to make sense of life after the death of her beloved father, free spirit Matilda Evans meets Tristan Isaacs and discovers a marrow deep connection with him No stranger to grief hThe stunningly poignant and life affirming debut novel by A.J Compton Imagine if we could see how long everyone around us had left to live But we weren t allowed to know our own numbers Trying to make sense of life after the death of her beloved father, free spirit Matilda Evans meets Tristan Isaacs and discovers a marrow deep connection with him No stranger to grief himself, lonely artist Tristan is in awe of Matilda s fun and philosophical approach to life With every second spent in her presence, he finds his views on life and loss changing, and begins to embrace the beauty of being alive As their friendship turns into something deeper, lessons are learned, memories are made, and legacies are created But with both of them knowing how long their soulmate has left in this lifetime, important questions have to be asked and tough decisions have to be made before time runs out.The Counting Downers is an inspiring story about life, loss, love, and making the most of every moment.

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    1. A.J. Compton

      A.J Compton wants a lot of things To write books that make you think and feel deeply.To make you ugly cry and cry with laughter In the same book.To write stories that make you anti social and have you staying up late to finish them.To show that life can be cruel and difficult, but it can also be incredibly beautiful and worthwhile.And what A.J really wants, is to write books that make you remember why you love to read.AJ knows better than most that we don t always get what we want in life, but is going to give it a damn good try

    404 thoughts on “The Counting-Downers”

    1. (Book review and Author Interview also posted on my blog: bibliopearl.wordpress/201)"For all the heartache, pain, and suffering. The grief and the torture. The hatred and depravity. The abuse and the isolation. For all the negativity and darkness this cruel world has to offer. Sometimes, just sometimes, the clouds part, the sun shines, and life reminds you why it's good to be alive." What if you have the ability to see how long everyone around you had left to live? What are the things you will d [...]



    2. ★★★ 3 Stars ★★★ "It always comes back to T.I.M.E. Make it yours. Make it count." This book was very different to what I would normally read, and a stort that conveyed a very important message to live each day like it's your last. It was beautifully written and poetic, and I thought the concept was brilliant and had so much potential.The book is set in a world where everybody has a ticking clock displayed above their heads, counting down to the time of their death. Everyone can see ea [...]


    3. If I read this book when I was twelve, around the time when I watch my own father die, while I was a scared and upset over what was happening to him, this book would have a significantly different meaning to me than it does now as an adult. I can see this book being very helpful to those who have recently had a loss, but for me, I'm in a completely different place in my life which I will not go into with a lengthy explanation. To understand my thoughts better, if you'd like, read Ask and It Is G [...]


    4. ARC Given in exchange for an honest review.   Okay I'll start by saying Aj Compton is a stunning, beautiful writer I'll even go as far as saying her writing is poetic, her words flow off each page and wrap around your heart and soul, it's like each paragraph had you thinking.   The storyline I've never read anything like it. It was different, again it made you think, what if life was like that. What if everything and everyone was surrounding by TIME. What if you knew that one person that [...]


    5. ARC provided by the Author in favor of an honest review.Wow. Okay, I know I said I wasn't going to upload my review until July 24th when it released, but I couldn't help it!Time waits for no man, and answers to no one. Time is kind of an asshole.There are so many thoughts and emotions swarming through my mind right now and so much I want to say, but most of that would be spoiling you of this lovely novel.You can tell a lot about a person by how they choose to spend their time.This novel is about [...]


    6. There are books that entertain the reader. Books that take us on a journey, take us away from daily life. And then there are the books that do all of the above but also touch something within us. They speak to our soul, resonate with us on a level that's hard to put into words. "The Counting-Downers" by A.J. Compton was such a book for me. It touched me deeply, made me think and feel so incredibly much. There was so much power and beauty in Compton's words, that I wept throughout most of the boo [...]


    7. Click to read full review: fANGIRLconfessions - The Counting Downers ReviewI received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.It's been a very, very long time since I've read a book that has forced me to not only THINK, but to FEEL on this type of level. It's been an even longer time since I've read a new adult novel that packed so much meaning, so many powerful messages that can be used outside of our fictional lives [...]


    8. If you're looking for instant gratification, this is not the book for you. Compton's debut novel is beautiful. This is the only word I can think of when trying to describe The Counting-Downers using only one word. I highlighted so much of the text, my kindle copy looks more yellow than white.Readers, I know--I KNOW--we love to fall fast and hard. But sometimes a slow climb into someone's heart is just as good. You will find a deep connection between Tristan and Matilda and their love will give y [...]



    9. 5+++++++++++ hearts!"I read once that the Japanese believe you have three faces: The first, you show to the world. The second, to your close friends and family. The third, you never show anyone and its the truest reflection of yourself."How to write a review for a book that has had you a sobbing mess for the last 3-4 hours? Even more, how to write a review for a book that touched you so deeply, it's like your whole outlook on life literally changed in that same time frame?"And life is different [...]


    10. This is an exceptional debut novel by a very talented author. I will even go as far as saying it is one of the best books I have ever read. It has touched me on a cellular level and I'm still trying to compose myself after finishing it. It's both hugely entertaining and deeply profound. Wow. The Counting-Downers is a thought-provoking book about life and death, love and loss, fear and bravery. Matilda lives in a world where everyone has a ticking clock over their head confirming when they will d [...]


    11. Where do I even start with this review? This book, it is completely unique to any romance novel I have read. The synopsis of this story made me all kinds of curious, and I just needed to know what it meant. The cover is an absolute work of art and I cannot wait to have it sitting beautifully on my book shelf. But overall, I sit here, my mind going over and over the life messages behind this story, wanting to make each and every second of my life count!Can you imagine living in a world and being [...]


    12. 4 "T.I.M.E" STARS.POETIC, THOUGHT PROVOKING AND SWEET.First off, I have to say that I'm very impressed with AJ's writing. Given the fact that this was her debut novel makes it even more special. So, something funny or weird, I do not know how to explain it, happened to me with this book. I really loved the story line and what the author tried to express with it, however, I was having issues connecting emotionally with the actual characters. Don't get me wrong I liked Matilda and Tristan, it was [...]


    13. What a beautiful story! From the very start I was captivated and very curious. This book was just wow So beautifully written! Beware because I will be using the word beautiful a lot. It's the only way I can describe things. Let me start of by saying I LOVED THIS BOOK. LOVED. L. O. V. E. D. Imagine living In a world where you knew how much time someone had left except your own. Would that stop you from doing something? Matilda didn't let anything stop her. In fact, she lived life to the fullest. [...]


    14. Although this is a well written book and the writing I cannot fault it, I had a suspicion that I could recall something with the subject matter in. I googled it, and I now recall I have read the book by Rachel Ward.Numbers. It too had images of clocks above peoples heads and being counted down to death.I have to honestly say, at times, although the writing was poetic and I got the gist of what the author was trying to do with this, it failed to bring anything out in me except feeling quite sad. [...]


    15. What a beautifully unique coming of age story. The characters, the depth and meaning of this story will stay with me. I can read a book and love it; feel like the characters are real, cry, laugh….but this one? I experienced all of that and was also MOVED. That is rare and wonderful. Matilda made me smile as well as hurt. Her free spirit was refreshing and heart wrenching at the same time. Tristan and his sweet, awkward self was a match for Matilda to a T. Funny how a fictional couple, and thei [...]


    16. I am just beyond words right now. This book had me in tears from the very beginning. It touched me in so many ways. It's so beautiful. This is a book I will forever carry in my heart.


    17. I received an ARC of The Counting Downers in exchange for an honest review. I have nothing bad to say about this book. Honestly, every word was strategically placed, every thought was beautiful, every action was written with such precision and passion; this debut novel spoke to me and will stick with me for a LONG time.We first meet Matila, an intellectual 19-year-old who's too smart for her own good. She questions the everyday mannerisms we, as a society, overlook on a daily basis. Things such [...]


    18. “Love. Hate. Fate. Free. Evil. Life. Four letters can change, create, shape or end a life.”Four letter words…ey hold such meaning. The most loved and hated of this story, was TIME. The Counting Downers by AJ Compton made me stop and think. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure I was going to like the concept behind this book, I was proved wrong. This book had the feel of Bright Side (without the ugly cry), it made me want to embrace life and live it for all it’s worth.Matilda and Tristan mee [...]


    19. AJ's Debut novel was nothing short of stunning. I'm was left very impressed with AJ when finding out that this was her first novel, especially at such a young age. When I'm reading a book I tend to pay attention to the writing. To the way authors put words together and come up with sentences that make your heart clench. The Counting-Downers is filled with many heart clenching sentences. I have so many highlights in my copy of TCD that I started to go back to reread them and find ways to apply AJ [...]


    20. "Imagine if we could see how long everyone around us had left to live. But we weren't allowed to know our own numbers"I hadn't read anything like this before, so I was intrigued. All the characters were likeable. I loved how the story went for Matilda and Tristan <3I would have liked more information on the whole "clock above the head" what would have happened if you let someone know of when there time was up etc.I would rate this 3.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️


    21. T.I.Mompletely and utterly blown away. I truthfully don't know where to begin. I'm currently in the process of rethinking my life, my existence, my time. This book is phenomenal. Tristan and Matilda's story has literally blown my mind. Beautiful. Just so beautiful! Wow.


    22. 4 'Truly. Deeply. Freely.' Stars. Beautifully written debut novel by AJ. Compton. I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with T.I.M.E. Well done AJ Compton, well done.


    23. Gifted for an honest review – 5 stars”Time is running out for all of us. Ready or not. Our days are numbered.”I really don’t know where to start with this review to be honest, I have a world of things to say about it but not so sure how to. Initially I was captivated by the cover, I came across it randomly on social media and I was instantly drawn in by it so first off we have a good selling point. Secondly the synopsis; it leads you to believe that you are going to get something inheren [...]


    24. “We’re all dying; so if you know the inevitable is coming, why rush it and chose to die before you die? Or to die before you have the chance to live?”We all live day to day not knowing what tomorrow brings. At any moment our time could be up, but what if you knew the exact time everyone you know and love was going to die, but never knowing your own countdown? How would that affect you day to day? How much would the countdown haunt you?I know I would never have been able to handle it and li [...]


    25. Probably the hardest review I have had to write this year and that is because the book is like nothing I have read.I have finished and can think of nothing other than the book has been written to absolute perfection. Each and every word counts, every word is profound and every word punches above its weight.For a debut novel this is quite simply beautiful.Matilda, is brutally honest in her view and interpretation of life. She isn’t afraid to examine the world around her, she spends much of her [...]


    26. Wow.That wasn't what I was expecting at all. This book was deeply moving. The words were magical as they were philosophical. I think this more of a thought provoking contemporary read. However, the romance between Tristan and Matilda was profound. "I've visited the darkest depths of his soul and pulled back the drapes over time to let in the light, just as he's done for me."This was very well written, and I am in awe that this is a debut for the author. That means all you authors to come better [...]


    27. This novel took me a little while to get into, but I am so glad I kept reading. It was a truly emotional experience to read. It is written in a way which you can feel the characters emotions pouring from the pages. It drew me into the lives of both Matilda and Tristan and you can feel the connection the pair experience. Everyone loses people in their lives, but this book shows how you can cope after losing a loved one and also that time is valuable. The time counting down above their heads is de [...]


    28. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest and not necessarily positive review*I found this book to be so touching. Every other page I had to stop and highlight a great line or and insightful observation. The characters are so nuanced and introspective. The books premise is amazingly original too. One would think the idea of everyone knowing when their loved ones would pass away would become morbid but the author found a way to make it beautiful on every level. Wisdom litters this book. I cannot re [...]


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